Final Cut Pro: Lighting Effects in Post
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Final Cut Pro: Lighting Effects in Post

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

Video: Vignetting

In this shot, I've got a nice piece of footage of a businesswoman turning and looking at us. She is bright, she is in the foreground, we have a dark bookcase around her. Let's say I want to heighten this effect, her bright, the corners dark. This is known as a Vignette Effect, kind of based off of what old cameras and what old footage looks like. Here is candidate for a lighting layer to give me that effect. It has different values around the outside than it does around the inside. The problem is that they are the opposite of what I want. It's dark in the middle and bright on the outside. I want it to be bright in the middle and dark in the outside. Well, let's simple enough.

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36m 42s Intermediate Jun 12, 2009

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Final Cut Pro: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use any version of Final Cut Pro to easily add animated lighting effects to existing footage. Going beyond basic techniques, Chris Meyer shares his personal experience and uses many examples to teach the best way to select and fine-tune lighting clips to enhance a variety of underlying shots. He presents techniques for subtle enhancements that will help hold the viewer's attention while adding production value to virtually any shot.

Topics include:
  • Selecting the right footage for the right lighting effects Transforming images with lighting and color correction Using vignetting to set the scene Adjusting blur for a subtle change
Subject:
Video
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Vignetting

In this shot, I've got a nice piece of footage of a businesswoman turning and looking at us. She is bright, she is in the foreground, we have a dark bookcase around her. Let's say I want to heighten this effect, her bright, the corners dark. This is known as a Vignette Effect, kind of based off of what old cameras and what old footage looks like. Here is candidate for a lighting layer to give me that effect. It has different values around the outside than it does around the inside. The problem is that they are the opposite of what I want. It's dark in the middle and bright on the outside. I want it to be bright in the middle and dark in the outside. Well, let's simple enough.

Let's select it. Choose Effects > Video Filters > Channel > Invert. Not only does this invert my colors, which by the way is more appropriate and gets me closer to flesh tones, it inverts the values. Now I'm bright in the middle and dark on the outside. Select this clip, put it into Overlay mode and now you see that her face is being accentuated and the bookcases in the background are being knocked down a bit. We've enhanced the natural vignetting of this shot. Before and after.

If I don't like the color, find it a little bit too peach toned, simple. I'll just go ahead and add Video Filter > Image Control > HSV Adjust, double-click it, open up Filters, slightly bend the Hue to make it more appropriate, little bit more yellow back in her skin tone. Now you see she is nicely highlighted. I've got some lighting effects going on very subtly. I've enhanced the shot.

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